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Furthur Live at Oakdale Theater on 2011-03-08

by Furthur

Set 1:
01 Miss Half Step
02 Easy Wind
03 Operator
04 Oh Darling
05 Ruben and Cerise
06 Dark Hollow
07 Money for Gasoline
08 Foolish Heart

Set 2:
01 Hard to Handle >
02 SmokeStack Lightning >
03 Spoonful >
04 He's Gone >
05 LoveLight
06 Scarlet >
07 Fire on the Mountain
08 Day Between >
09 Eyes of the World >
10 Sugar Magnolia
11 Donor rap

12 Johnny B Goode

Collection Furthur
Band/Artist Furthur
Venue Oakdale Theater
Location Wallingford, CT

Source AKG 481 > Oade OCM PMD661 @ 24bit/48Khz
Lineage SD card > Adobe Audition > CD Wave > Traders's Littler Helper
Taped by Chris LaPorte
Transferred by Chris LaPorte


March 8th, 2011
Wallingford, Ct.
Oakdale Theater

Section 205, row EE,
ROC, 7ft high, Din(a)
(chatty crowd with an aisle seat and low pro stand equals crowd noise)
AKG481 > Oade OCM PMD661 @ 24bit/48khz
SD card > Adobe Audition > CD Wave > Traders's Littler Helper


Reviewer: AshesRising - - April 3, 2011
Subject: First show since Jerry died......
Thank You for this recording. And Thank You to the CT audience --- one of the best I've been around in 40 years of touring!!! And last - but not least - Thank You to the band. Filled this old man with joy and gratitude .....smiled for a few days after thoroughly enjoying this tribute to Pig [and Jerry...]
Reviewer: wharfrat71 - - March 24, 2011
Subject: Great
Good review from Nickolai.But,how could you not like Money for Gasoline and Foolish Heart? Each to his own,I suppose. Hey Chris;you may be the best taper out there! I'm serious. You're recordings are very crisp sounding,every time around. Thank you for your hard work. Top notch,brother!!! I'd rate this recording more stars if I could,so I'll give it 5. Days Between>Jam>Eyes;you don't get any better than that.
Reviewer: Stellablu122 - - March 19, 2011
Subject: They love the Oakdale
After a historic show last year teh band comes back for seconds on the 38th anniversary of Pig Pen's passing. They pay great homage to him in both sets. The first set has some great stuff and is played very well. No one has mentioned Dark Hallow yet that was sweet.

I agree with the consensus for the start of set two, although I thought the Hard to Handle was really good.I like the transition into He's Gone Lovelight was an odd placement and never reached it over flowing energy.

Now what took this set over the top.Scarlet was one of the best and the jam into Fire was excellent, the best I have seen them do. The Days Between was the also best I have seen this band play, it was simply stunning. Bob was subdued and the band just blew me with power and emotional intensity and then to jam out of it? Easily one of the best transitions I have heard this band play and to jam into Eyes is as good as it gets.
This version is show stopper with everyone in the zone, Joe was amazing this night, they deliver a beautiful and majestic reading.
The ending Sugar Magnolia and SSDD smoked and was played with a faster tempo that I prefer.
With curfew looming a rockin' JBG was the perfect choice to send us into the cold winter night.

This was the'strongest finish I have seen this band do yet, and I have seen them like a dozen times, well up until's Phil's birthday party.

Last but not least the vibe in the Oakdale is totally loose and they let us dance and roam freely so you can't beat that.
Reviewer: Freind of the MintyMan - - March 14, 2011
Subject: DB
Nice intro to Days Between. Check out 2-26-95 Oakland. A kickass version of DB w/Jerry on vocals.Nice sounding recording Chris, yours always sound better.
Reviewer: Otis J Flywheel - - March 13, 2011
Subject: Furthur
Chris thanks for taping and sharing!!!!
After to listening to this show I just wanted to throw my 2 cents in. One of the things that some people haven't come to grips with that is part of the Dead experiance, is show quality. It is not treason to tell the truth about the music in a particular show. And even when a show is just a show, or worse-it is still better to have been at that show and enjoyed what you could than to have not been there. I have had many, many just a shows-but I keep coming back for more, hoping I will get one like the show 4 days before this one. In the mean time I will gladly accept shows of this caliber in hopes of a killer show (which this current incarnation of the dead has been delivering more and more). I only read a couple of truthful, honest reviews of this show. When the music is less than stellar it is OK to point that out. Because if you can only say "Oh the Boys where spot on tonight, Killer show" every night than when they actually do produce a great show your opinion means jack squat. I love Furthur and all the other incarnations of the Grateful Dead family I have experienced. Dont forget Micky and Bill rock the fuck out with The Rhythm Devils.
Never had such a good time, in my life before...
Reviewer: StaggerLee1184 - - March 13, 2011
Subject: money for gas...and hmmm...
@jackaroe money for gasoline is a RatDog tune, and I also really like it...check out the version from Philly 07-11-10 (i believe) cuz that one really rocks.

As far as this show, at some parts it seems it lacks energy, but this is the 4th show in a row and i can see how the boys must be getting tired, but there are some pretty bitchin moments all thru. Ode to PigPen maybe they had heavy hears.

I am really impressed by Phils vox!! I think he took some lessons while they were off cuz man he sounds amazing especially "eyes of the world" which i thought was always out of his range a bit and therefore a nightmare, but not this one, PERFECTION!!!!

Recording is great! Clear, crisp, however you wanna say it this is pretty darn good. I love hearing every note Phil plays and not just 'murkiness' and distortion...nice job!
Reviewer: jackaroe52482 - - March 12, 2011
Subject: Kick Ass
Hey man thanx a ton for this show its a real rocker. im especially diggin that money for gasoline tune. can anyone tell me if thats a new one or what im just not familiar with it. anyway i have tix to see them on the 30th in pittsburg and these first couple shows of this tour have really gotten even more excited than i already was. i took my wife to her first show last summer in columbus and they blew her mind so it wasnt hard to convince her to spend the money to see them again. and they have definatly come into there own since then. So boys keep on truckin and makin everyone smile smile smile. we are all lucky to have you and the music
Reviewer: graceandpeace - - March 12, 2011
Subject: Great Fun!
Great show! Great venue with lots of roaming room! Staff was very accomodating. The recording is awesome. Thanks for your efforts. Appreciated!
Reviewer: happy420 - - March 12, 2011
Subject: Hey you standing in front of the taper's section

Great set list, great recording, great band.
Reviewer: skunjelefeti - - March 11, 2011
Subject: Pig Pen !!!
I thought the show was solid as a whole. The theatre sounded awsome, its a great room to bounce around in. I thought they did a fine job giving a tip to ol Pig Pen. Come Back Soon!!!!
Reviewer: evan_syf - - March 10, 2011
Subject: They're getting close....
Finally a set worth mention. For a while it seemed like they were playing the big guns like Dark Star, Terrapin, St. Stephen, etc. at every show. It's like, hold on a sec, we don't need to hear the whole Terrapin Suite EVERY time. Seemed like they were trying to impress people by playing epic songs. This set is very well-rounded, pulling from many different eras, which is exactly what they should be doing. Don't play a late-sixties-era set, it's not 1968...leave that to DSO! How beautiful is Days Between, especially when the song is typically associated with a Jerry in a state that wasn't particularly well. I came in during Rubin and Cerise and literally lost my mind, haven't heard it since Phil and Friends days. I danced from beginning to end, it was my friend's birthday and they played Scarlet/Fire for him, so it couldn't have been a better night!! Keep the faith, my brothers and sisters!!
Reviewer: Chris P - - March 10, 2011
Subject: Give 'em a break.
Hey man, these guys are old. I've noticed since they began that they only really Rock all night on weekends. During the week the 71 year old guy is leading the 64 year old while the kid politely plays not too loud. I am so fucking Grateful they are still kickin', it all sounds good to me. So, let's give the Ol' Guys a Break !
Thank you, from the woods of rainy Oregon for these awesome hometown recordings. ;)
Reviewer: CT Deadhead - - March 10, 2011
Subject: Pigpen Tribute
Thought it was an OK show with some truly great moments. Knew when they Operator they were paying homage to Pigpen which was nice to hear. Thought the sound in the theater was excellent and this recording is excellent.

I was hoping for a complete Terrapin, but did not get it. This was the sixth time I've seen this particular band and I thought this was the weakest show, which really goes toward how good of a band they have become.

Look forward to Radio City, would have preferred Nokia but did not get a ticket.

I think Pigpen, Jerry, Keith, Brent and even Vince are all smiling knowing the music and spirit are alive and well.
Reviewer: laxman0913 - - March 10, 2011
Subject: Good show
From someone who was at the show the first set was ok. Half step was good then went down nice Reuben and Cerise they can keep the covers tunes. A good finish to the set with Foolish Heart. Second set the joint was jumping going round and round then a 18 min show killing Days Between people where sleeping throw a cover here anything. Then out of the carnage rises the phoenix of a show saving Eyes and Sugar Mag. Then a disappointing Johnny B Good after watching Bob walk around with the old Pink Shakedown guitar only to put it away , bummer.

Sound was awesome and band was tight. I was mixed about the show. The second set was the saving grace of this show.
Reviewer: G. Ganter - - March 10, 2011
Subject: Some truth
I agree with the disappointments of the first half of set 2, and I thought set 1 was spotty, too. Very fine Foolish Heart---I wanted more of that stuff. Good Ruben but the jam ended in calamity. The Pig tunes did not rock me as they should have, esp the first half of Lovelight, where it seemed something was very very wrong.

I must say that I thought the show after the Scarlet was first rate. Gorgeous Fire, biting windup on Days, and even though I was at the Garden for that amazing Eyes in November, JK's lead at Wallingford gave me chills---really exciting. Slamming Sugar Mag (which they don't always do these days). Just that segment of the show really blissed me out.
Reviewer: ransfer - - March 10, 2011
Subject: The Romans conquer the Oakdale!
The first set was fun, Easy Wind was ok, and Operator was nice and sweet. Dark Hollow, of course stands out, and I found the Foolish Heart closer to be a fine choice to end the set.

I was so excited for a fun opener to the second set,(hey it's Mardi Gras, Aiko perhaps? Hey Pocky Way?) but was instead weighed down with the first 5 songs. The set started with a jive-ass, half-tempo Hard to Handle, and if that wasn't enough to kill the feeling from the first set, a flaccid Smokestack Lightning, perennial filler material Spoonful, He's Gone (which to be fair, would have been much better if it was surrounded by different songs) and a completely neutered Lovelight round out the disappointment. What's the opposite of the phrase "raw power"? This version of Lovelight. The first 45 minutes was the musical version of the Romans salting the fields of their enemies. Nothing could grow in the second set after that. Fire on the Mountain tried, and there were moments, provided by Phil in particular, where it looked promising, but nothing that an 18 minute Days Between won't cure.
Holy shit, where did that Eyes come from? Jeff Chimenti is awesome! Buoyed by hope, and like a partner in an abusive relationship, I hold out hope that things have changed this evening. Perhaps they will close out strong and make me forget the first half of the set or maybe instead, they'll bring the most bedraggled pony out of the barn and beat on it for a while. Which, of course, they do. Sugar Magnolia. Guh.
And if that were not enough: Johnny B. Goode
If you were excited to hear that song, I just beg of you to explain your reasoning that I may have a chance at understanding.
Reviewer: phields - - March 10, 2011
Subject: nice quick posting
These latest recordings are great and quick Iam going to patriot 1st three at philly and hampton hope those shows are as hot as the first four east coasters but tapers keep up the good work and i'll see you on tour
Reviewer: wklitz - - March 10, 2011
Subject: Thanks!
first concert I've been to in years that I didn't record..decided to just hang out with friends and enjoy.
Reviewer: Nickolai Romanov - - March 10, 2011
Subject: Pigpen R.I.P.
38th anniversary of Pigpen's passing. 5 nods to Pig and a very soulful He's Gone. Not a big fan of $ for gas & Foolish Heart but every other song was great. Surprisingly powerful There Were Days and sick jam following that into Eyes. Phil dominates on Fire and Eyes. Jill must have taken some set list lessons because from Colorado to Boston to Ct. she has been churning out some good ones. Look out New York cause Hurricane Furthur is rolling into town and it's a category 5. Really wondering how they will do the Abbey Rd suite (You never give me your $$........The End. I'm really starting to like these guys.
Reviewer: close_enough_to_pretend - - March 9, 2011
Subject: Scarlet, the boys are on Fire!
Eyes is also worth a listen. I haven't had this much fun since 1991.
Reviewer: mavatar - - March 9, 2011
Subject: Sound A++
Holy Moly... Felt like I was in the room, Phil's base is crystal clear. Even though its placement is a little peculiar in the set list, I especially liked the Foolish Heart! This band just keeps getting better!
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